VANITÀ is the third installment in our Poetry of Penance project, which uses magical realism to explore themes related to resilience and self-acceptance. VANITÀ was partly inspired by the historical tradition of Vanitas painting. The film explores topics related to obsessive compulsive behavior, notions of self-image, and destructive behaviors relating to vanity.
Two distinct personalities are represented by pairs of hands that interact with the ritual objects on the table before them. The channel on the left is a negating personality, who is skeptical to the point of destructiveness, and is bent on sabotaging the other with cruel words and by sticking needles into a doll. The channel on the right is a creative personality, who struggles to remain productive despite the influence of the Other.
Autumn is approaching and an immigrant family finds their connection to nature lightens the burden of change. This is a short experimental film which explores our intrinsic connection to nature, traditions through time, and the displacement of peoples. Through scenes of an immigrant family living in BC, Canada - the portrait of a deep appreciation for our earth is painted with meditative and provocative shots. These shots are narrated over by the filmmaker in her first language; Slovak.